The jasmine that covers my entire front yard (no lawn to mow! nothing to water!), is in full bloom. It smells nice and spicy, and I just closed my kitchen window because it makes my nose itch. Clearly a case of too much of a good thing.
Here's the trailer for The Golden Compass, which will open in December. Doesn't it look GREAT?!?!?! I think Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig are great choices for Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel, respectively, and I love Iorek Byrnison the panserbjørn (and the fact that he gets prime real estate on the film poster). I can hardly wait another seven months. I loved the trilogy, but I won't read it again until after I've seen the film. (I usually like a novel better than the subsequent movie, and reading the book too soon before the film ruins it for me in most cases.)
What's that? No, I didn't rip it off. I got it from the official Golden Compass web site, and you too can get the embed code there. If you want to see a larger or HD version, Yahoo! has a whole feature page. Enjoy! And don't say I never gave you anything.
[I turned off the autoplay feature, because it annoyed me. To play the trailer, just click the "play" button".]
There's this bird who hangs out in my backyard, a Western Scrub-jay. He's really pretty, bright blue wings and back, and grey belly, and a loooong tail. Tall and handsome, and he's clever too. He likes sitting right outside my bedroom window and screeching. Any time during the day when I wonder where the cats are (they like to hang out with me much as they can), I peek into my bedroom, and there they all, all three of them crowded on my desk by the window, crouched low and tense, ready to jump.
He knows they can't get him, and he loves to strut his stuff and taunt them. Cheeky dude.
Blogging the backlog - I saw these two movies in the last couple of weeks: The Hoax, about Clifford Irving's fake Howard Hughes biography, and the flick that ran in Cabo San Lucas under the name ESPIDERMAN.
Found the hoax story fascinating, and was bummed to find out that the fake bio is not available for sale - I sure would love to read it, since it seemed such a great story that the publishers were salivating the way they were. And I want to read Irving's highly-praised previous novel "Fake" too. I liked the Spiderman movie too. Not as much as the first two, but I didn't think it was quite as bad as some critics made it out to be. Poor Mary Jane though! All she ever gets to do is be kidnapped and rescued. What a waste. I am waiting for "Interview with the Vampire" to be on the telly again, so I can watch Kirsten Dunst's amazing breakthrough performance.